The Best Fifa Football Awards return to London tonight with Croatia and Real Madrid star Luka Modric in with the best chance of being named the men’s player of the year anyone other than Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo has had for a decade.That decision will be the climax of the Best Fifa A Football Awards show at the Royal Festival Hall, with the 90-minute ceremony being broadcast online from 7.30pm.
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Date: September 24, 2018
Time: 02:30 PM ET
Location: London, United Kingdom
The former Tottenham midfielder’s hopes of breaking the 10-year Messi/Ronaldo duopoly are based on two pillars: one, Messi has not made the short list for the first time since 2007; and two, Modric was the player of the tournament at this summer’s World Cup and won Uefa’s player of the year last month.
Ronaldo, however, has been nominated for another player of the year prize, with Liverpool and Egypt hero Mohamed Salah completing the line-up.
Since 2008, it has been Messi first and Ronaldo second five times, and Ronaldo first, Messi second five times.
Here’s everything you need to know about tonight’s awards ceremony…
TV, online and live stream coverage
The ceremony will be broadcast via live streams on Fifa’s YouTube, Facebook and Twitter social media channels, while Standard Sport will bring you live coverage of all the awards.
Ceremony start time, venue and presenters
Stars will begin arriving on the ‘green carpet’ at the Royal Festival Hall in London at 6pm BST, with the ceremony to begin at 7:30pm.
Compered by British actor Idris Elba and featuring a performance by Noel Gallagher, the awards ceremony are in their third year in this guise having previously been a joint venture with France Football’s Ballon d’Or between 2010 and 2016, and before that the Fifa World Player of the Year award.
The system is equally weighted between national team managers, national captains, representatives from the media and an online public vote.
The Best Fifa Men’s Player
- Cristiano Ronaldo | Real Madrid/Juventus
- Luka Modric | Real Madrid
- Mohamed Salah | Liverpool
- Thibaut Courtois | Chelsea/Real Madrid
- Hugo Lloris | Tottenham
- Kasper Schmeichel | Leicester
- Zlatko Dalic | Croatia
- Didier Deschamps | France
- Zinedine Zidane | Real Madrid
- Ada Hegerberg | Lyon
- Dzsenifer Marozsán | Lyon
- Marta | Orlando Pride
- Reynald Pedros | Lyon
- Asako Takakura | Japan
- Sarina Wiegman | Netherlands
- Gareth Bale | Real Madrid vs Liverpool
- Denis Cheryshev | Russia vs Croatia
- Lazaros Christodoulopoulos | AEK Athens vs Olympiacos
- Giorgian De Arrascaeta | Cruzeiro vs America Mineiro
- Riley McGree | Newcastle Jets vs Melbourne City
- Lionel Messi | Nigeria vs Argentina
- Benjamin Pavard | France vs Argentina
- Ricardo Quaresma | Iran vs Portugal
- Cristiano Ronaldo | Juventus vs Real Madrid
- Mohamed Salah | Liverpool vs Everton
The World 11 will be selected from a 55-strong list that includes England trio Harry Kane, Kieran Trippier and Kyle Walker and lots of overseas Premier League talent.
Peru’s passionate World Cup supporters are nominated for the fans prize, as are the Japanese and Senegalese supporters who cleaned up after themselves in Russia.